If I am not mistaken, we saw more lead changes in this regatta than ever before with Zoltan Katinsky’s team with former Farr 40 World Champ Matt Reynolds calling tactics on White Knight leading after races 1, 3 and 4, with Piranha leading or tied for the lead with either White Knight or Far Niente in the other two.  It was like a game of musical chairs in which we were never sure when the wind would stop and the regatta would be called over.  The last race saw effectively a three way tie between White Knight, Piranha and Far Niente and finally saw steady breeze of 10 knots at the start.  When the music stopped, Piranha won Midwinters for a third straight year.  We missed Ohana and Woolly Bully – the former would have raced but for

Tosh breaking his hand playing hockey on the Wednesday before the regatta, and our big rainfall of the last few weeks put Woolly Bully behind schedule on its cosmetic work in the yard.  Nice to have Olson 30 National Champs Larry Spencer and crew racing Blue Star and for no time in the boat they showed exceptional upwind speed.  And Skian Dhu got unofficial “boat of the day” honors for a 2-1-1 on Sunday after a 6th place showing on Saturday to move all the way up to second overall.


For the season opener it was great to see the fleet racing masthead kites for the first time and a lot of new sails and faces on the boats.  Sure, we had postponements and even an abandonment of race one for lack of wind – but ironically it was even worse in Long Beach!  Both here and there only two races got completed on Saturday and the RC from California YC made a great call with .4 mi. legs in all three races Sunday (thought sure they were going to run the Stars when I saw the placard go up – surely they couldn’t run the Farr 40’s on such a short course!)  Kudos to the CYC team!  To all you tacticians, you earned your free drinks trying to figure out this one!  (Photos courtesy of Mary Stuyvesant.)


Place

#
Boat Name Owner Boat Type

Race 1

Race 2

Race 3

Race 4

Race 5

Total
1 51483 Piranha David Voss Farr 40

3

1

3

4

2

13
2 51044 Skian Dhu Dirk Freeland Farr 40

6

5

2

1

1

15
3 888 White Knight Zoltan Katinszky Farr 40

1

4

1

5

5

16
4 37 Far Niente Frederic Scheer Farr 40

2

2

6

2

4

16
5 40050 Temptress Ray Godwin Farr 40

4

6

4

3

3

20
6 80808 Blue Star Larry Spencer Farr 40

5

3

5

6

6

25
7 50060 Radical Departure Rosene/Wager Farr 40

7

7

7

7

7

35
8 40033 Woolly Bully Wes Huston Farr 40

9 dnc

9 dnc

9 dnc

9 dnc

9 dnc

45